Kids nowadays are more into their gadgets than spending time with mom and dad. Sometimes, parents will have a hard time trying to spend quality time with their children because of these attention-grabbing technology. As parents, it is important that we serve as a role model for our children. You should make them realize that even though you are busy, you still set aside a special day to bond with them.
A Fun Movie Nights With Your Children
What more can be more fun in doing that than watching movies! Now, you don’t have to leave the house when you want to have a movie night with the kids. In fact, with only your internet and your smart television, you can now watch movies at home. There are now plenty of movies online free to stream or download. You don’t have to deal with traffic, or spending extra for expensive snacks. You can pop some popcorn in the microwave, grab some drinks, and enjoy a movie or two in your pajamas.
However, choosing a movie that both you and the kids would enjoy can be challenging. You will surely bore them with your movie choices, and for sure you won’t be able to stand another hour or so with cartoons. There is always a way to compromise so that the entire family can watch something that each member would be able to tolerate. Here’s a guide that can help you find the right movie for everyone.
- Check Out Film Reviews. What you would want for your kids to watch is what’s appropriate for them. Even if it says Parental Guidance and the movie has more violence that you expect it to have, would you still let him watch the movie? This is why it is important that you take movie reviews seriously.
- Watch It First. This is the best way for you to gauge whether the film is kid-appropriate. Yes, it takes time, but it can also be rewarding when you do it right. Pre-watch it and determine whether it is really kid-friendly. You don’t have to finish the movie. If you see something that is inappropriate, then choose another one.
- Previews Are Helpful. For newly released movies, you might not be able to pre-watch it. So if your kid wants to see the newest release, your best option is to watch a movie preview. It might not show you all the scenes, but at least you will have an idea of what the movie theme is all about. You can tell if your child is prepared to watch it or not.
- Trust Your Gut. Do you believe in the parent’s instinct? It works! If the above tips are not applicable, or if you do not have enough time to do them before your movie night, then you have to trust your instincts. You are the adult here and you should trust yourself that you are making the right choice.
Most of us grow up watching our favorite movies. But since the internet is spoon feeding everything to us these days, even going to the movie theater is seldom an option anymore. Thank goodness you can still do it right at the comforts of your home. Your kids are continuously learning. These teachable moments are the best times to expose them to movies while enjoying quality time with them.